Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I am color blind (Red-Green).
I consider chocolate to be a main food group.
Growing up I learned many life lessons from the following TV shows: Full House, Boy Meets World, and Home Improvement.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning.” -Mr. Rogers
I have a passion for positively impacting the lives of others, especially children and teenagers. I am a believer in helping others help themselves. It is very rewarding to see a child or teenager make healthy choices because he/she believes it is best for him/her. Through treatment focusing on the whole child (including uniqueness and potentials) I strive to provide my client’s with a safe space to share their story, play, heal, ask questions, problem-solve, and explore emotions. I also seek to help parents better understand, relate, and support their child. I look forward to spending time with many children, teenagers and their parents for years to come.
In my free time you can find me spending quality time with my wife, family, friends, and fur baby (Bella). You can also find me running around the basketball court or cheering on my favorite sports teams. I believe summers are best spent soaking up natural vitamin D, and sitting next to the campfire roasting a marshmallow (preferably golden brown not black). A place I hold dear to my heart is the country setting where I was raised. (Whether I am going for a walk, riding an ATV, taking in nature, or landscaping).
Central Michigan University, Bachelors Degree in Social Work
Grand Valley State University, Masters Degree in Social Work
I have been fortunate to have a variety of professional experiences prior to starting my work at Developmental Enhancement. These experiences have included a school-based internship, Patient Care Provider at a Psychiatric Hospital, and a Families First Worker (in this role I provided intensive home-based services to families with the goal of family preservation). I have been a Clinical Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) since November 2014. I continually seek to grow my clinical knowledge base through clinical supervision and continued education opportunities. Since joining the team at Developmental Enhancement in 2015, I have been providing outpatient mental health services (individual and group psychotherapy). Currently, I work at the Grandville location four days a week and Holland location one day per week.